menlo pilates & yoga

"It's the mind itself which shapes the body." - Joseph Pilates

If you are an early bird or a weekend warrior this is a great way to start the morning.  Early morning alignment based yoga will leave you feeling grounded and prepared for the rest of the day.

Pilates for All Levels is a well-rounded Pilates mat workout for any level!
A great class to learn the popular style of yoga that flows from one pose to the next, empathizing and synchronizing the breath with movement.
Body rolling is a workout and deep tissue massage rolled into one! The 2" rubber balls lengthen muscles, stimulate bones and releases energy blockages. You will find in this class that you will let go of unproductive patterns in your body. Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion in joints.

Combine the benefits of Body Rolling and the relaxation of Restorative Yoga you will find that your energy regains its equilibrium. The Body Rolling practice will release any pent up stress and release any issues you have with your body.  The Restorative practice will leave you refreshed and clear-headed, and prepare you for a restful night sleep. This class is a good complement to any vigorous activity, as well as a good introduction for beginners or for people seeking healing. In this class, you are guided through meditation, breathwork and gentle movement. Poses are held for a long time with a focus on opening and comfort.

This class is a gentle form of yoga. You will practice yoga sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are NOT present in this class. The chair is used due to the difficulty in getting down and up from the floor. You will learn many yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and ways of relaxation with the aid of a chair.
Fran's early morning Kettlebells series
For the first time students trying kettlebells.
Pilates for Beginners is a formal introduction to the Pilates Method. If new to Pilates, please begin your exploration here. The Pilates Method is structured around your body’s powerhouse – It includes the abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip joint, and the muscles of the lower back. Every exercise engages these muscles simultaneously improving posture and creating a longer, leaner looking physique.
Early workouts start the day right. The reformer class is a refreshing way to awaken your body!
Moving at a mindful pace, the class will renew and restore your energy levels, preparing you to face the rest of your day. Optional poses are offered, making this class appropriate for students of varying levels.  The focus of each class will shift on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as follows:
 
Monday -- An intermediate level Vinyasa class.  Follow your breath through the flow, sometimes adding in back bends and inversions.
 
Wednesday -- An all-levels, mat-based hip opener session with few standing poses.
 
Friday -- A class developing standing and standing balance poses for all levels.
 
 
Balance, Core, Skeletal Alignment, and Muscle Isolation using innovative choreographic movements that non dancers and dancers can perform. These exercises help to properly develop and balance your body's muscle memory:

Pelvic Floor Activation
Whole Body Awareness
Mat, Standing, and Movement Applications
Opposing Muscle Stimulation
Balance
Elongation

If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness routine consider the Pilates MVe (maximum versatility exercise) chair. The Pilates concept focuses on the core and this chair will do just that. Engage your core during every exercise and improve your core strength, balance, and even your posture. Do push-ups, leg presses, ab exercises and gymnastic-like moves with this small piece of equipment. You can even use your dumbbells to strengthen your upper body while targeting your core and legs for added difficulty. The variety of exercises on this chair seem near endless (Meaghan Massenat Yahoo Voices 2010).
This mat based pilates class works all the core muscles - abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip and lower back as well as the upper back.
 
Free weights are also used to sculpt the muscles of the arms, while simultaneously engaging the core. You'll tone your abs and your arms in this one hour class!
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates Reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs.
Step into an oasis of peace and experience the powerful stress-relieving effects of restorative Yoga. Treat yourself to a weekly (or even better, to a twice weekly) opportunity to relax deeply in fully supported poses, enjoying a profound meditative state in complete stillness, allowing the breath to work its magic.
During this class the sounds and vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans’ claimed that sound could not only "tune the soul" but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center.
TaijiFit™ (tai chi fit) teaches tai chi in a format that imparts the spirit and benefits of tai chi without the years of study. It was originally created in China in the 1920s as TaijiCao and enables you to develop Qi (energy) in a quick and easy format without having to learn all the long, technically complicated forms. In fact, there’s no learning at all; students just follow the instructor to the gentle beat of music. Most students feel Qi flowing through their hands in their very first class. The goal of TaijiFit™ is to develop a flow state and maintain it throughout the class. Even the least coordinated students will find themselves flowing in TaijiFit™, developing balance, coordination, proprioception and more.
The class will teach classical Ashtanga Yoga as a therapy that incorporates bodywork through asanas, mudras, and kriyas; and invigorating breath work through pranayama. We will utilize systematic and therapeutic sequences of body movements and slow, deep, regular controlled breathing to promote physical and mental equilibrium, and to unite and balance our energies. The practice of "Yoga Chikitsa" (yoga therapy) reduces stress, develops healthy breathing patterns, and helps to produce a higher state of conscious relaxation of the body, emotions, and mind.

Silicon Valley lifestyle, with it's 'work hard, play hard' ethic, often leads to tight shoulders, hips, and lower back pain. The instructor will teach a step-by-step approach to open up the shoulders, hips, and the spinal column to effectively relieve pain and discomfort in these areas. This class will end with restorative poses and relaxation to practice letting go.

Vinyasa is a style of yoga that moves steadily from one pose to the next, with an emphasis on coordinating movement with respiration. Some knowledge of yoga needed.
A great class to learn the popular style of yoga that flows from one pose to the next, emphasizing and synchronizing the breath with movement.
This class is appropriate for beginners, those recovering from injury and those who want to refine their existing practice. Take the time to understand alignment and build a yoga practice that promotes growth and well being.

End the weekend with an active, but relaxing yoga workout to sleep well and be prepared for the coming week.

A dynamic class comprising the fusion of Latin and International music to create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system.
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Menlo Pilates & Yoga